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Compost bin lid life

Paul Iddon

Moderator
This afternoon on my compost bin.

Two globular springtail head-dancing - or whatever it is they are really doing... courting of course! Deutosminthurinus pallipes, maybe.

Teniuphantes species of spider.

A vivid coloured larva in the same place (with an Orchesella cincta passing by to give some size comparison).

A green thing is an early instar nymph of Cicadellidae, ca. Empoasca etc.














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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Fabulous community. Are they all vegetarians or some predators and how do they arrive at the bin?

Asher
 

Paul Iddon

Moderator
Springtails are generally veggies. The last bug feasts on plant sap. The pink thing? Could be a herbivore....

Spiders hunt as we know.

I'm not sure how they got there most of these. The spider could have dropped form the plants above, the others - well your guess would be as good as mine...

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Paul Iddon

Moderator
Around the compost bin, there's plenty going on...

There's a crab spider, a beetle of some kind (unknown just now) and a harvestman, then in the soil itself there is at least 3 to see (an elongate springtail and more to be ID'd) then a mirid bug, and some mixed blessings as 2 springtails go a-courting.
















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